© 2012

The Politics of Addiction

Medical Conflict and Drug Dependence in England since the 1960s


Part of the Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History book series (STMMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sarah G. Mars
    Pages 1-5
  3. Sarah G. Mars
    Pages 6-25
  4. Sarah G. Mars
    Pages 44-64
  5. Sarah G. Mars
    Pages 147-166
  6. Sarah G. Mars
    Pages 167-180
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-260

About this book


The Politics of Addiction  examines power and policy-making in the context of a bitter conflict between private and publicly employed doctors treating addiction. Regulation was used by both the profession and the state to shape the treatment of addiction and who could provide it, with the media feeding into the process.


addiction England media politics profession

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Heroin Price and Purity Outcomes StudyUniversity of San FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.London School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineUK

About the authors

SARAH MARS is the Qualitative Project Director, Heroin Price and Purity Outcomes Study, at the University of San Francisco, California. She read history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, UK, and received a PhD from the University of London. Since contributing to various drug policy reports, she has worked on the history of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at the University of California, San Francisco and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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